Make Your Own Lingerie Chest Out Of Reclaimed Wood

If you’re looking for a weekend project, check out this lingerie chest of drawers. Now, it doesn’t have actually to hold lingerie. It can keep anything you want it to because it’s just a tall narrow dresser although it would be a nice addition to a room for a girl. This is a relatively simple project that requires only scrap pieces of wood, some plywood a few 2×4 studs and a few other materials.

This project, information, and images thereof is all thanks to Instructables.com and it’s creators.

Materials Needed

  • Scrap wood
  • ¼” plywood
  • Pine boards
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Clamp
  • Drill press
  • 1 ⅜” Forstner bit
  • Router
  • 229 grit sandpaper
  • Minwax stain
  • Wax
  • 2×4 studs
lingerie chest without drawers before finished
Source: instructables.com

Step 1: Make The Frame

Making the frame includes ripping a few 2×4 studs into strips of 1 ½” by 1 ½”. These are going to be attached to large pine boards with glue and pocket screws. This will make up the side, bottom, and shelves of the chest. It may take some tweaking and clamp to get all of the parts squares. Once done, it should measure 14” wide and 44” tall. The opening should be 18”.

Step 2: The Hidden Compartment

This can be used to hold an anything you want to be hidden from immediate view. This is made by cutting a 90 degree recessed edge along the bottom inside edges of the top frame pieces. You will then glue a thin piece of plywood and nail it to the recessed area.

Step 3: Shelf And Top Panel

The top panel is made by gluing two boards together and clamping them. The shelf is fixed and screwed into place. This is done by using four blocks of wood to hold it into position while it is fastened.

Step 4: Creating The Front Rails

The front rails are made with 1 ½” by 1 ½” pine strips secured with glue and pocket screws. You can then use the router to cut a rabbet around the inside edges of the back of the frame. Then you square up the rounded corners with a chisel.

Step 5: Making The Hardwood Drawer Rails

You can use hardwood scraps to make the rails. These are set slightly above the front rails to keep the drawers from marring the pine.

Step 6: Install Back Panels

The back panels can be made from the thin plywood and then glued and nailed in place. You then create the vent holes for the panel behind the shelf with a one ⅜” Forstner bit on a small drill press. You then take the 220 grit sandpaper, and smooth is by hand.

Step 7: Assembling The Drawers

The drawers are made with a butted joint construction and some glue and screws to hold them together. Before assembling the boxes cut a dado with a router along the bottom edges of all of the drawer sides, backs, fronts and the bottom panel. You can use clamps to hold the drawer pieces in place until they are fastened.

Step 8: The Finishing Touches

Take the shellac and give the chest a coat and then use the 220 grit sandpaper after each coat once dry. After this process is done, rub the whole thing with Minwax stain. After, apply the paste wax to polish the drawer fronts and top panel.

Step 9: Wax It

Rub some wax on the drawer rails inside of the chest and bottom runners on each drawer. This should be done as needed over the years to keep everything sliding smoothly.

Step 10: Mount Hardware and Top Panel

Once the drawer hardware is added, fasten the top panel in place with small hinges. Make sure that the hardware is as the center of the drawer as it can get. You can either eyeball it or measure it and mark the center. Drill the holes and fasten. You can attach the top panel hinges by using a punch to start the holes. Predrill the screw holes and secure the screws.

There you have it. A beautiful lingerie chest made from repurposed wood.